Highgrove remain on top

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IN the Baines Bagguley North Lancashire and District Football League Premier Division, leaders Highgrove kept their position after an easy 5-0 win over a struggling Ingleton who are finding the going tough this season.

Highgrove controlled most of the game and deserved their win with goals scored by Jamie Lothian (2), Jonathon Pedder, Josh Buller and Luke Bradley.

Galgate moved up to second place after overcoming a stubborn Caton United.

Caton attacked every time they had the opportunity, leaving them open to counter attacks which Galgate exploited well, bringing them all four goals as their speedy forwards outpaced Caton’s defence.

Full-back Dave Woods, midfielder Mark Burkitt and centre forward Nathan Jackson scored for Caton.

In reply Chris Gardner (2), Lee Fox and Chris Haslam scored for Galgate.

This win moves Galgate up to a heady second position and real title challengers, and leaves Caton just two points above a relegation place.

Bowerham dropped down to third place after being involved in a goalless draw with Marsh United.

As the game wore on Marsh started to feel the pressure as the younger Bowerham side went all out for the vital goal.

In the last few minutes both Joe Bouskill and Ed Turner had good chances to have won the game for Bowerham, but in the last minute Marsh almost snatched a late win themselves but the ball hit a post and went safe.

The game was excellently controlled by Cliff Trickett.

Title hopefuls Carnforth Rangers’ form is starting to slip at a crucial part of the season.

Drawing their previous three games they entered this match against Storeys hoping they had turned the corner, their last league win was on January 21. But it was the turn of Storeys to blunt Carnforth’s title hopes when they held them to another draw.

Storeys, returning to more like their best form, outplayed Carnforth for most of the game and should have returned with all the points.

They had an excellent chance when they were awarded a penalty with almost the last kick of the game.

The spot kick was entrusted to the reliable Rob Evans, but he missed the important kick to let Carnforth off with their fourth straight draw to start sliding down the table.

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.